Which would you rather? November 27, 2004 12:25 PM
We are smoking along getting the rat condo built, it looks fabulous and is in keeping with the "grotto" style house that has a site up online. Anyway, the grotto uses electrical tape to seal the corners of the melamine shelves. I'm concerned that if the electrical tape were to tatter and wear that my rats would pull it up and eating it would maybe be a really bad thing.
I thought I'd use a latex scrubbable paint to seal the corners. I've used it before to paint the little birdhouses my boys live it and they aren't voracious chewers. I figure a tiny bit of paint in the corners won't attract their attention like tape edges. I even used an old syringe to just inject a tiny bead of paint into the corners.
But I'm still a little worried, is tape or paint a better choice? I plan on letting the cage outgas some before the ratties go in. Although it is a very open cage that is mostly mesh in front. I let the birdhouses outgas a week because they are more enclosed.
We are having so much fun building, I just keep being paranoid about it being safe and easy to clean. Anyone else build their own cage?
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Hi Cindy I made my own wooden cage a few years ago, and used water based varnish to seal the wood. So far so good, and its often used for toys, so is non toxic. As an added advantage, it doesn't use the usual solvents, so not nearly as smelly. Give it a few days for the varnish to completly dry out and get rid of any of the evaporating components.